An alert reader sent us this September 2008 revision to the NCIS manual changing NCIS’s policy on recording interrogations.  The revised policy states:  “The recording of interrogations by overt video and audio means within the confines of an NCIS facility having the technical capabilities for such recording shall be accomplished in all interrogations involving crimes of violence.”  BZ to NCIS!

The revised policy also offers guidance concerning recording of interrogations involving non-violent offenses.  Included in this guidance is this nudge:  “Recording interrogations in non-violent crimes shall be strongly considered in those cases that lack evidence the person being interviewed committed the offense.”

5 Responses to “NCIS policy on recording interrogations”

  1. anon says:

    I have never worked for/against/with NCIS. And, I could be way off the mark. But I am quite sure that they consider their manual (and excerpts) law enforcement sensitive information not authorized for general distribution. They probably wouldn’t be pleased that it’s on the internet. Just saying…

  2. Anonymous says:

    And when NCIS isn’t pleased, innocent people go to courts-martial.

  3. Anonymous says:

    it isn’t a secret document, so why do we care if NCIS “isn’t pleased?”

  4. Anonymous says:

    How can a “policy” and procedures for recording interrogations be “law enforcement sensitive,” assuming that LES is a lawfully authorized FOIA classification? Why doesn’t the general public have a right to know what the NCIS policy is?

  5. David Allender says:

    Glad to see this. The Lt Nathan Phan trial, a couple years back, brought many highly disturbing facts about NCIS policies to light. The North County Times wrote a blistering editorial, “Lt Phan deserved better”. It’s here: